SPRINGFIELD – A measure sponsored by state Sen. Bill Haine (D-Alton) to protect citizens from excessive tow fees was signed Friday by Gov. Bruce Rauner.
In a press release, Haine’s office called Senate Bill 2261 an important initiative of the senator. The issue was brought to Haine’s attention after reports of municipalities charging as much as $500 for a tow release fee. Haine filed the legislation in an effort to bring fairness and efficiency to the process of redeeming vehicles.
“I have worked very hard this year to get this legislation passed,” Haine said. “I am happy that we were able to come together and get this important measure to protect citizens from outrageous fees accomplished. Having a car break down on the side of the road or having to abandon a vehicle because of unforeseeable circumstances is already a heavy enough burden to bear. Excessive impound fees on top of that is simply unreasonable.”
The measure puts in place limits on administrative fees imposed by local municipalities. It also prevents a vehicle from being impounded for illegal parking unless it has been there for more than 48 hours or the owner was unable to move the vehicle because of an emergency circumstance. Additionally, if a car is wrongfully impounded and attorney fees accrue, the county or municipality would be responsible for the fees.